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Gather Around Justice Recap

Over 150 people came together on June 23 for the first Gather Around Justice virtual meeting, which featured panelists Mariah Cooley of Young Revolution, Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell, and Dr. Rita Ali of ICC/the Peoria City Council. The panel discussion was moderated by Andre Allen.

The panel was assembled by The Big Table: Greater Peoria and discussed how we can use our individual power and privilege to make the changes our region needs to correct historic racial, economic and social inequities. Check out the discussion below.

“Equity means sharing power. It means sharing resources and providing opportunities for everybody.”

Dr. Rita Ali – ICC, Peoria City Council

Stay tuned for more panel discussions in this series.


The Big Table promotes regional community building through conversations designed to strengthen and connect communities. Through open, thoughtful conversations that focus on how we can strengthen our region, we will spark new relationships and new ways for working together by deepening our understanding of each other and what our region needs. Learn more at www.bigtablegp.com.

Young Revolution strides to promote unity across the city of Peoria, to cultivate relationships with leaders and other organizations, to advocate for all oppressed groups, and to be a change agent for our community. Learn more here.

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